Guatemala dominant against El Salvador
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 18, 2018.- Guatemala was
dominant in the closing match of day three of the fourth Men’s
U23 AFECAVOL Central American Championship after defeating El
Salvador 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-14) in Teodoro Palacios Flores
Gymnasium in Guatemala City.
The home team dominated El Salvador from start to finish, using
all their players and earning another straight set victory.
Guatemala remains undefeated with 2-0 record and a total of ten
points, while El Salvador is win-less (0-3) and no points.
The home team showed superiority with a huge 37-17 advantage in
attacks, 7-5 margin in blocks and 6-1 in service points.
Guatemala committed 17 errors and El Salvador a total of 25.
Middle blocker Edras Pineda led Guatemala with 14 points
including 10 kills and 3 blocks, in addition, Carlos Lopez
chipped in with 14 points on 8 kills, one block and 2 aces.
Middle blocker Eduardo Ramos scored 7 points as El Salvador’s
top attacker, followed by 6 points by Josue Palma.
Guatemala’s (2-0) next opponent is Belize (0-2), and El Salvador
(0-3) will face Nicaragua (2-0).
Opposite player Erick Flores of Guatemala said his team is glad
“our rhythm showed improvement, new players adjusted well to the
team, we played more in by the middle, the team was solid and
our strength is our good attitude because we are at home and we
want to give a good performance”.
Cuban Reider Lucas head coach of Guatemala said they added five
more points, another goal completed “the boys are well prepared
and we had the opportunity to use other players without leaving
aside our starters because the must keep in shape. Our reserve
players did a good job and we finished with good advantage all
three sets. Tomorrow Belize will demand more from my team, they
are explosive and we will come out to battle”.
Cristian Vargas setter of El Salvador explained their
preparation wasn’t enough “we need to practice more, we lack
communication between us and the coach; added to the fact that
we haven’t had the necessary support from our Federation. This
has nothing to do with the fact that Guatemala is very
competitive, they have been together for several years; I have
faced them all those years and they’ve always been strong, it
seems this is their best moment. While we have a new team, we
lack continuity and the lack of experience really cost us”.
El Salvador’s coach Feridth Alabi said “Guatemala is a orderly
team, they have great level, they have a powerful serve, they
are a solid squad and very difficult to face. We need more
practice and more commitment from our players to work harder,
it’s the only way to improve”.